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Artificial Grass Review … the WORST that can happen (Part 2 of 4)

When Artificial Grass Attacks

What’s the worst that could happen?

The worst case scenario in buying low-quality turf, is a total yard or field replacement after just a few short years.

China is a big culprit in the “low-quality turf game”. They have began selling dirt cheap turf to major players in the US, who handle it like any other commodity.

The result – turf that fades or falls apart in a short period of time; flattens out; melts and / or gets extremely hot in the sun.

Here’s a picture of artificial grass purchased from a large “wholesale store”, that began fading from the sun after only 1 year of exposure. This picture and actual customer review are posted on their website.

Avoid a Nightmare Turf Scenario

Shop turf you can trust.

For over 20 years we’ve sold artificial turf to customers nation wide.

White Streaking caused by UV breakdown

And it’s not as easy as you would think to hold some manufacturers to their warranty, as you’ll read more about in Part 4. This can become a nightmare for home-owners – far from a DIY project.

Why DIY is not always SMART

Turf installation is a highly skilled craft, which takes years of practice to perfect. Cutting, seaming, sub-base prep, proper anchoring on the edges, infill top-dressing, grooming – it’s a highly technical service. There are many tricks to the trade, making a BIG difference in the end product presentation and performance.

Incorrect installation technique
DIY is often not the answer with artificial grass

Don’t Let Your Turf Thatch Turn White

The thatch is a bottom layer of shorter turf blades, designed to make the artificial grass look more realistic.

This is supposed to be tan, mimicking the effect of real grass. Here’s another view of the white thatch issue.

Look at the “thatch” in the base of the turf. It’s not supposed to be WHITE. But it faded in the sun after a few years. Major issue.

Avoid a Nightmare Turf Scenario

Shop turf you can trust.

For over 20 years we’ve sold artificial turf to customers nation wide.

Next in Part 3, we detail a side-by-side “FOOT-TRAFFIC TEST” – comparing 2 leading turf brands.
Prepared by:

Chad Schneider | Operations Director
SYNLawn – Nebraska & Iowa Installer
14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138
800.877.6787 x801 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046 | | Product Reviews

  1. Patricia Rossi
    Patricia Rossi
    May 18, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Synlawn was what was recommended by the “big box” store of Homedepot. Can I trust the purchase and installation?

  2. Mikel
    July 1, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    It is crucial for homeowners to be aware of the risks associated with purchasing subpar turf that fades, falls apart, or becomes excessively hot under the sun. Additionally, your point about the complexities of turf installation and the skills required for a successful outcome is well emphasized. One tip I would add is for homeowners to research and select a reputable installer who has experience in proper sub-base preparation, anchoring, and grooming techniques to ensure the longevity and performance of the artificial grass.

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